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Pair of Hokies charged after detonating explosive device


No, seriously, they did.  Allegedly.

According to a report from the Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech football players Joshua Trimble and Brian Rody were arrested Sunday night after what the paper describes as a small explosive device was detonated (pictured).  At this time, it’s unclear if the denotation was meant as a tribute to or impersonation of the Hokies’ six-loss season.

Whatever the case, the two budding CIA operatives were charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device.  The charges are no joking matter, though, as they’re felonies.

Tech subsequently confirmed that, per school policy as it relates to a felony charge, the players are automatically hit with an indefinite suspension.  The Washington Post points out that Bonnie and Clod are no longer listed on the football team’s roster, either.

An attorney for the player told the Associated Press that “they were playing a prank on a friend and meant no harm.”  That prank, the Post reports, involved “[putting] aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner into a soda bottle and [leaving] it outside someone else’s apartment.”

It goes ‘Boom,’ blows up and made a loud noise,” the lawyer, Jimmy Turk, told the paper in reference to the incident, not the Hokies’ 2012 season. “They went back to their apartment and were laughing about it. They certainly did not have any idea that it would be anything at all that would constitute a felony charge being brought.”

Both of the players involved in the incident are walk-ons.  Trimble, a linebacker, played in 11 games this season, mainly on special teams, while Rody, a quarterback, did not see the field after redshirting as a true freshman last season.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah